At Florence Inferno we provide, on a weekly basis, the events happening in Florence and an events guide with information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other exciting things going on in the city.
This week we make special mention of Halloween, the Commemoration of the Dead, and All Saints’ Day.
The first, an Irish and Celtic tradition, is celebrated on October 31 and is becaming more and more popular in Italy as it is one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year.
For their part, the Commemoration of the Dead and All Saints’ Day are celebrated on November 2 and on November 1, respectivley, and are Catholic commemorations. All Saints’ Day is both a religious and a public holiday in Italy, but don’t worry if you are in Florence since the major museums, restaurants, and shops will remain open!
Friday, October 31, 2014
Today is Halloween, an Irish and Celtic tradition that – thanks in part to the many Americans residing in and visiting the city – is much celebrated also in Italy.
On the streets of Florence on the evening of October 31 you may find witches, devils, and ghosts, all in search of tasty treats.
Many parties are organized all around Tuscany. Among the various celebrations, the event organized every year in Borgo a Mozzano is the biggest one.
[Outside Florence] The Halloween Celebration in Borgo a Mozzano (Lucca). Much of its success is due to the Passage of Terror, where strange characters interact with visitors, making them part of the surreal and evocative scene. Each year a dark theatrical parade passes through the center of town with a procession of fire-breathing demons. The performance ends at the Devil’s Bridge, which becomes the setting of an impressive fireworks display. There are also seven places where you can dance and listen to concerts late into the night.
Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO organize a special Halloween Tour. Given that Florence is one of the most alluring and impressive cities in the world at night, the itinerary includes mysterious alleys, amazing bell towers, locations once frequented by Dante, and a visit to the wonderful, impressive Palazzo Vecchio by night. The tour starts at the Badia Fiorentina and ends in Palazzo Vecchio. Afterwards, you are welcome to visit one of the restaurants and bars in the area and join a Halloween party, or simply continue your visit in Palazzo Vecchio, which is open until midnight. Starting at 8 p.m. Tour price: € 35 per person (30€ early bird tickets).
Info and booking:http://www.florenceinferno.com/halloween-tour/
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Today is a public holiday in Italy!
All Saints’ Day, also known as Ognissanti, is both a religious and a public holiday in Italy on November 1 of every year. It celebrates all of the Catholic saints. Italians spend the day attending Mass and lingering over a large family meal (no surprise there!)
[Outside Florence] Lucca Comics and Games in Lucca. An international festival of comics, animation, illustration, and games that grew in size and importance over the years; in 2013 there were 217,646 visitors! New to this edition: the entire east area of the historical centre will become a Japanese Town and will host Japanese mangas, gadgets, foods, and much more. Until November 2. Ticket price: € 16/14.
La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi at Auditorium al Duomo. The Lirica Fiorentina, directed by G. Castillett, performs the famous opera, a love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 50/40/35/30/25/20.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Today in Italy is the Day of the Dead. Although it isn’t a national holiday, this popular festival is more deeply felt than All Saints’ Day, having roots in folk and pagan tradition.
Many Italians visit the local cemetery to honor their departed family members; in fact, in recent years, the Day of the Dead has become a celebration of family and tradition. A curiosity: on this day, in all the best bakeries, you can find the bones of the dead, delicious cookies prepared only at this time of the year.
Florence Creativity at Fortezza da Basso. Fair of handmade in Italy, cake design, decoupage, bricolage, home decor, and creative sewing. Opening hours: 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Until November 2. Ticket price: € 8.
Last day to visit: Secret splendor. The Treasure of the Chapel of Relics in the Pitti Palace at Museo degli Argenti. One of the largest sacred treasures of Europe and symbol of the devotion of the Grand Duchess of Tuscany and of the last of the Medici Grand Dukes. Until November 2. Visiting hours: 8.15 a.m. until 6.30 p.m.
Info and booking: +3905529483
Monday, November 3, 2014
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. Discover Florence with your camera and with a professional photography teacher and a great Florentine guide at your side. Photography workshop & tour: 1-hour class + lunch break + 4-hour photography tour. Every Wednesday and Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
50 giorni di Cinema (50 days of Cinema) at Cinema Odeon. The event offers Florence a season of quality cinema. The program consists of 10 international film festivals that are based in Florence. This year the festival is dedicated to the “future” and to a new way of making cinema, by experiencing new languages. Until December 14, 2014.
Info and program: http://www.50giornidicinema.it/
Musica al Ponte at Auditorium of Santo Stefano al Ponte. Review of classical music, opera, and ballet: The Italian Baroque – B. Bianchi violin, M. Fanelli harpsichord. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 12.
Info: +39055 783374; www.orcafi.it
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Camille Henrot. New art exhibition at Gucci Museum in Piazza della Signoria. Camille Henrot’s work, which embraces many artistic disciplines and theories of knowledge, utilizes a very broad range of media: film, video, illustration, photography, and sculpture. The Gucci Museo exhibition will be showing Grosse Fatigue, a work that has never been shown in Italy before. Until February 8, 2015. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Tursday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 7
Aperitif or dinner at Speakeasy 23 in San Niccolò. A new and friendly place where you can eat meats and cheeses with good wine or craft beer.
Info: Via San Niccolo 23r; +390552346502
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
1944. I Ponti di Firenze (The Bridges of Florence). Florentine art and people under fire at Archivio Storico. The documents in the exhibition recall the dramas and the hopes of the Florentines in that terrible period in the city’s history, a period that culminated in August 1944 when, in the streets and squares, the Battle of Florence raged, spreading death everywhere and destruction to the historic bridges over the Arno River. Opening hours: Monday and Friday 10 a.m to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Palazzo Bastogi; Via dell’Oriuolo 33-35;
Galleria del Costume of Palazzo Pitti. Exhibition in tribute to the maestro Piero Tosi, also a theatrical costume designer who worked in popular movies alongside great directors such as Visconti, De Sica, Bolognini, Liliana Cavani, Zeffirelli, Pasolini. Until December 31, 2014. Visiting hours: 8.15 a.m until 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10.
Info: Piazza Pitti, 1
Aperitif at Zoe. Famous for its light lunch and aperitif, Zoe is a historical Florentine cocktail bar, art gallery, and café, and is a true Italian hangout.
Info: Via dei Renai 13r
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Lectura Dantis at Società Dantesca Italiana. Juan Ordugna reads the XXX Canto of Dante’s Paradise, where the poet takes us back to Earth to describe the constellations as seen from the ground during the sunrise. He takes us through the travel of each star as it gives way to the dawn. Starting at 4.30 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Via dell’Arte della Lana 1
[Outside Florence] Seven Notes in Seven Nights at Civic Museum in Siena. An event that combines art, music, and tastings of typical products. Visitors will explore the Civic Museum, which hosts masterpieces such as the Frescoes of Good Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini’s Majesty. Next, enjoy musical performances by the Fondazione Siena Jazz and the Rinaldo Franci Institute. There will also be wine and food tastings. From November 6 to December 18, every Thursday. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Piazza del Campo, Siena; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cirque du Soleil at Mandela Forum. Highly creative and artistic shows recognized all over the world. An international cast that includes acrobats, musicians, singers, and first class artists. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 80/40.
Info: +39055678841; www.mandelaforum.it
We hope you enjoy!
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